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Kidsday talks with Tony Hawk

We recently got to do something many kids would be honored to do.
We got to meet world champion skateboarder Tony Hawk. Not once, but twice!

During the summer, Tony came to Manhattan to show us his new video game Ride. He let us play the game with him and told us he would be back in November with the final version. We spent a good part of the afternoon with him and even got to play the Wii version with him.

He is great at it, but we didn’t do too badly, either.

What is so different about his game is that you ride a skateboard while playing it. The skateboard is very sensitive to your every movement, so it took some getting used to, but after a while we were able to do ollies, jumps and other tricks.

What’s cool is that even if you are not a skateboarder, you get to know how it feels to execute tricks that you might never master on a real board.

Tony pulled out his iPhone and showed us a video of him and his friend that was shot on a half pipe in his backyard. They are both phenomenal skateboarders, and we couldn’t believe that we got to watch it. He told us that the video would even be featured in the X Games this year on TV. We we got to see it first. We thought that was one of the coolest things.

Last week, we went to Shop Studios in Manhattan to meet Tony again for the official release of the game! He remembered us, and we interviewed him.

We rate Tony Hawk’s Ride a solid 5 (out of 5).

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